Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (PER-335)

Every community is vulnerable to challenging public safety situations such as the following:

  • An active shooter at a shopping mall
  • The Derailment of a train transporting hazardous chemicals
  • A bombing incident in a commercial district
  • A plane crash
  • A chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) attack or accident

These types of incidents require all available resources and may expand past a single jurisdiction’s capabilities. Because one
single agency is unlikely to be equipped to handle one such incident, it is critical that effective and efficient coordination efforts
be in place among cooperative agencies. Now imagine the possibility of more than one of these situations being deliberately
orchestrated to occur simultaneously. Attacks may be in the same geographical area or spread across a region. These attacks,
known as complex coordinated terrorist attacks (CCTAs), involve multiple threats that often exceed conventional response tactics.
These attacks require a joint response involving members from various disciplines and jurisdictions.

Using classroom instruction and practical exercises, this course enhances the response capabilities of first responders during
CCTAs. Topics covered during classroom instruction include characteristics of a CCTA, public safety response considerations,
command operations and strategies, and critical information about situational and domain awareness. This course uses several
notable case studies to provide real-life examples of the characteristics of a CCTA.

Tabletop exercises allow participants to interact with responders from other disciplines to effectively address a variety of CCTA
scenarios. Participants will work together to identify critical

Min/Max Enrollment: Min 30; Max 40

Hours:  16 (Direct Delivery)

Format: Direct Delivery

DHS Course #: PER-335

Facility Requirements: Please view this document for facility requirements.

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Professional Disciplines

Law Enforcement, Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services

The target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course includes:​​

  • Emergency responders: police, fire, and emergency medical services personnel, including those who are most likely to assume command at some point during a response to a complex coordinated attack.